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Peter O'Leary (born March 3 1972) is a New Zealandmarker football referee, previously of Wellingtonmarker but now residing and working in Hamiltonmarker. He operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship, and his other occupation is as a schoolteacher.


He first took up refereeing in 1994. He has officiated in many Oceania Football Confederation tournaments since becoming a FIFAmarker referee in 2003, notably the OFC Nations Cup in 2004, and the Oceania Club Championship in 2006.

In 2007, he was selected to officiate at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canadamarker during June and July of that year. He took charge of the Group F game between Nigeria and Costa Rica at the Royal Athletic Parkmarker in Victoria, British Columbiamarker, on July 1. He was then assigned the Group B match between Uruguay and Jordan at the Swangard Stadiummarker in Burnabymarker, on July 4. At the English Premiership tie between Aston Villa and Sunderland F.C. as a guest of top Englishmarker referee Steve Bennett, O’Leary was summoned from the stands to assume Bennett’s role on the touchline as 4th official for the second half of the match.

O'Leary also officiated at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, as the referee for the fifth place playoff between Adelaide United and Al Ahly. O'Leary is included on the short list to officiate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa along with fellow New Zealand referee Michael Hester. He has since also officiated at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egyptmarker, refereeing group games between Italy and Trinidad and Tobago and between Hungary and the United Arab Emirates.


  1. Birthdate confirmation and biography: NZFC website.
  2. Biography detailing OFC Tournaments: A-League website.
  3. Selection for 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup: NZSoccer website.
  4. Nigeria v. Costa Rica, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2007: website.
  5. Uruguay v. Jordan, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2007: website.

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